Vocational Education:

Status in 2-Year Colleges in 1990-91 and Early Signs of Change

HRD-93-89: Published: Aug 16, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 16, 1993.

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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed vocational education programs at 2-year colleges from 1990 to 1991, focusing on changes in vocational education program quality and targeted groups' participation.

GAO found that: (1) most 2-year colleges implemented quality vocational education approaches and other improvements in academic year 1990 through 1991; (2) the number of colleges that received funding did not significantly change; (3) the number of vocational programs within colleges declined slightly; (4) most colleges did not have documentation to support their funding allocations; (5) some targeted groups were more likely to enroll in vocational education than nontargeted students; (6) over 70 percent of the colleges expanded supportive services to targeted groups in response to legislative amendments; and (7) college-level program assessments were limited by a lack of standards and incomplete placement data.

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